SOUTH MISSISSIPPI (WLOX) - South Mississippi's temperatures chilled to the upper 30s and lower 40s on Sunday morning. These chilly temperatures may have been a shock to the system for some, given our recent 2-week-long streak of mild and warm nights.
After Friday's cold front, drier and cooler air swept into the South for the weekend.
"Three of the necessary ingredients needed for rapid overnight cooling are clear sky, calm wind, and nearby high pressure," WLOX Meteorologist Wesley Williams explained. "When you combine all of that with how dry it was on Sunday morning, it's easy to see from a meteorological standpoint why temperatures plummeted across our area."
With temperatures dropping down into the 30s, some may wonder if we are at risk for a late April freeze. Based on our area's climate history, Williams says it's unlikely.
"Over the last 5 years, freezing temperatures have occurred as late as early March in Biloxi and Gulfport," he stated. "The South Mississippi region typically experiences its last freeze of the cold season around February or March. So, we probably won't have to worry about any late-season freezes this year."